Plant of Merit: Salvia Purple Rain, lilac sage

  • Wed Oct 10th, 2012 8:27am
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What: Salvia verticillata Purple Rain, also known as lilac sage, is a perennial plant known for its smoky purple flowers that tower vertically in the garden on 24-inch stems.

It is a good selection for bouquets and is a low maintenance plant in the garden.

Purple Rain is an excellent choice for those who want to attract butterflies and bees.

Sun or shade: Salvia Purple Rain requires full sun for maximum color.

Size: Site this in the center of the border due to its 2-foot height.

See it: At the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; in the Snohomish County Master Gardener Demonstration Border.

For more information, see the Arboretum virtual photo tour on www.evergreenarboretum.com or call 425-257-8597.

Sandy Schumacher/Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens